Fall/Winter Timetable

POL356Y1Y L0101

Canadian Political Parties


The emergence, evolution, and setting of Canada’s federal and provincial political parties. Topics include theoretical perspectives on party systems, behavioral and cultural characteristics of Canada’s parties, ideology and policy, party organization, membership, leadership selection, elections and campaigning, the electoral system and voting, and the representation of interests.


Alain-G. Gagnon and A. Brian Tanguay, eds., Canadian Parties in Transition, 4th ed. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2017), and Nelson Wiseman, In Search of Canadian Political Culture (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2007).

Format and Requirements

Weekly lecture; two essays (45%), two two-hour tests (45%), class attendance and participation (10%).


POL214Y1 or POL214Y5 or POLB50Y3 or POL224Y1